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The Space Elevator Challenge
Bitter Jester Creative
Exactly. This is what Nic DeGrazia, Creative Director of BJC, told me about their company's name. Nobody ever forgets it, and the same is true about BJC's work.
BJC are continuing their 2-year project of documenting the games, now in its third year. Find out all about them at www.BitterJester.com.
Can we or can't we build the Space Elevator?
Over the last decade, the underlying assumptions that went into the design of the Space Elevator have undergone rigorous examination.
We now know that the strength of the Carbon Nanotubes tether will likely not be quite as high as we'd originally assumed, though of course that assumption was just a working number, not a requirement. The effect of a weaker tether material is simply that the Space Elevator tether becomes heavier than we thought it would be.
Similarly, the performance of the power beaming system might not be as high as we'd hoped it would be. As with the tether, however, this in and of itself is not a show-stopper. A less efficient system simply mean that the climbers will move slower.
As we look at the way technology is shaping up, the natural question that we face is: Are these new estimates simply a matter of reduced performance, or do they impact the actual viability of the Space Elevator concept? The Space Elevator Feasibility Condition tries to answer this question.
... So What Now?
"Aim high, or you are liable to shoot your toes off" - so goes the saying.
We're thrilled to announce that machine tool manufacturer TRUMPF has stepped forward with a lucrative offer to support teams with its state-of-the-art laser equipment.
Being the world leader in laser technology, TRUMPF took a natural interest in the power beaming games, and is providing both hardware and expertise to enable the 1-km climb.
Stay tuned to this page for more updates on both the Power Beaming competition, the Strong Tether competition, and other Spaceward news, or subscribe to our newsletter for periodic updates.
Happy 2008 everyone!
The goal of Spaceward's Elevator:2010 project is to advance and showcase the technologies necessary to build the Space Elevator. With this in mind, we're thrilled to announce this year's official results:
These achievements are just the tip of the iceberg in what the underlying technologies can deliver.
These are the first steps of a newborn giant. Watch what we can do next year!
A brief recap of the last 3 years:
Kansas City Space Pirates'
The Space Elevator Blog,